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Any Given Sunday
Play or be Played.
A star quarterback gets knocked out of the game and an unknown third stringer is called in to replace him. The unknown gives a stunning performance and forces the aging coach to reevaluate his game plans and life. A new co-owner/president adds to the pressure of winning. The new owner must prove her self in a male dominated world.
A big steaming pile of shit, but a crazy, ambitious one that I can't help but admire. For all its OTT editing techniques, some sequences are cut together perfectly. But for the most part, the film is too "grand" for its own good. On the acting front, Foxx and Pacino are great here, even if they're just yelling all their lines. And Diaz isn't bad, unlike what everyone says.
But that "eye" scene really bugged me (if you've seen the film, you know what I'm talking about). It just seemed so out of place and was a terrible attempt at humor. This film as a whole, like I said, is a mess, but it's such a bloated and energetic mess that I'll have to give it a pass. For now.
Oliver Stone is a self-indulgent filmmaker. It's just what he does. As early as Platoon, he was indulging the viewer in the cruel and deceitful side of war, a tell all of his personal accounts and he was rewarded accolade after accolade for it. I believe after this, his ego was inflated to an unmeasurable degree. His films continued a mountainside climb of scope and rigid bias and coked up editing and unfiltered testosterone.
I don't believe a sport in movies has been as glorified as it is in Any Given Sunday. Stone strives to pound me into submission with a nonstop barrage of editing that turns character into parody and plot into a music video. He splices clips of…
I remember when I saw this film for the very first time ... I was in high school ... my sophomore year on the football team ... and it was a friday afternoon after school ended. The football team always stayed after school, and we would all hang out in the locker room and relax, just getting out minds off things to help us prepare for the night's game. Sometimes we would even watch football movies. Well, on this day, we watched "ANY GIVEN SUNDAY", and I can tell you right now ... my first impression/opinion of this film when I first saw it all the way back then ... it has not changed one single bit.
Words can not…
keeps hammering at the idea that money/corporatization poisoned the purity of the sport, but not even Stone seems to believe that bullshit. his narrative is compromised by the demands of an audience-friendly underdog come-from-behind sports movie. but if you're like me you showed up for his crackpot associative indictment of masculinity, something he directly compares to a competition that's supposedly no longer meaningful. and as for football, Stone prefigures DJANGO UNCHAINED with Jamie Foxx's attacks on the sport as institutionalized, culturally valorized Mandingo fighting. making a satire out of a sprawling subject like this requires a pretty deft touch, one Stone doesn't really possess. thankfully he makes polemics instead.
Oliver Stone lacks discipline.
This mantra kept lingering in my head throughout Any Given Sunday, a film that proves Oliver Stone should be smacked across his face and sent to bed without any dinner, until he learns how to make a proper film.
The film's true problem lies in its editing. Stone seems to be so concerned with creating chaotic, frustrating montages that feel more like a disorganized and uninteresting movie than scenes from a cohesive film. Any time a scene is developed between two characters that feels remotely interesting and dramatic, Stone ruins it with his ridiculous editing style.
It doesn't help either that at 157 minutes, the film feels way too long. Maybe at two hours, I would…
I have quite enjoyed every Oliver Stone movie I have watched thus far. The one that reaaaaally blew me away was Natural Born Killers. He had a style in that one that was so ENERGETIC and INNOVATIVE. My goodness it was breathtaking. This film has a similar technique. It's like a war film, fast cutting, disorienting shots. I really enjoyed it. What separates this movie though from NBK is that this one, unfortunately, doesn't have as much content to balance out the impressive technical filmmaking.
Had the movie been done without the Stone approach I can't imagine another director being able to enhance the flat screenplay. There is an interesting cast of characters, with many great actors playing them, but…
A suitably baffling film for a suitably baffling support. Some of the archetypes transcend the jargon and Futurama-style rules and regulations of Battle Rugby, such as Pacino's old dog coach and Diaz' new money owner bitch in the same way Wall Street worked despite the stock market machinations being incomprehensible, but others don't and by the end it descends into the same old sports movie story about underdog triumphs and pat endings to character arcs at crucial points in the season. And it's directed like a music video.
I liked it. Fairly entertaining and it has a cracking soundtrack.
Watched this instead of the Super Bowl.
Just as brutal, kinetic and all over the place as I remember. Aside from a few of the music choices, I love it just as much as the first time I saw it back in 1999.
BETTER THAN 10,000 SUPER BOWLS!
There are few films which capture the intensity of top class sport but this might just be one of them. At times, the camera work does become a bit nauseating but the lead performances pull this though.
Although the run time could really be cut down with some dawdling moments, you'll be hard pushed to find another film that shows the smash mouth gridiron action of American Football. Looking at the game from so many angles Any Given Sunday is beautifully anchored by Al Pacino and Jamie Foxx. Life is a game of inches, between winning and losing.
Such dramatic music watching a football float in the air for extended periods of time.
This was much better than I remembered it being. Such a well made film. Probably not one for people that don't like American Football though. A real good story and well acted. Pacino is great in this.
Every character in this movie waves their dick around in the air. Even the women. Not that there are all that many women, mind. This is about FOOTBALL, DAMMIT!
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